The Elbow Ultrasound is a non-invasive diagnostic exam that captures images of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and bursae within and around the elbow joint. Ultrasound is a very safe and reliable diagnostic imaging resource that assesses pathology and guides physicians towards your individualized treatment plan.
The following is a non-exhaustive list of items diagnostic elbow ultrasound can provide information regarding:
- Ulnar Collateral Ligament Tears
- Ulnar nerve entrapment/cubital tunnel syndrome
- Medial Epicondylitis
- Lateral Epicondylitis
- Biceps tendonitis/tendinosis
- Radial collateral ligament
- Valgus extension overload
- Olecranon bursitis
- Triceps tendonitis/tear
Should you have any concern of elbow signs or symptoms, a referral from a general practitioner or family doctor is required for a diagnostic elbow ultrasound.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR MY ELBOW ULTRASOUND
There are no specific preparations necessary for the elbow ultrasound. Dress in clothes that allow for easy access to examine the elbow, otherwise, a medical gown will be provided.
A water-based gel is used to improve the transmission of the ultrasound waves; however, should you have any allergies to gel it is important to let the ultrasound technician know. In addition, please let the ultrasound technician know if you have had any previous surgery around the imaged area.
If you are pregnant, or suspect that you may be pregnant, please notify your doctor. If you have any queries or concerns with preparing for your ultrasound, please discuss these with your physician before your appointment.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING MY ELBOW ULTRASOUND APPOINTMENT
Upon arrival, you will be shown to a private room where the ultrasound technician will offer you a medical gown to change into if needed. You will be asked to remove any jewelry that may interfere with the ultrasound procedure. When ready, the ultrasound technician will apply a small amount of a water-based gel to the transducer head, and gently move it along elbow with mild to moderate pressure to capture clear images. The technician may ask you to move your elbow into specific positions in order to capture all necessary images. Once finished, you will be able to wipe off the gel and get dressed.
The assessment will be approximately 15 minutes long for one elbow and 30 minutes for both.
Soon after your appointment, a radiologist will review your images and send a report of your diagnosis to your general practitioner or family physician. Once the report is reviewed, your doctor will contact you with the results.